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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam
The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.
Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.
Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!
Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.
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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "hundred thousand united states dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "00,000.00" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Major Carrello Hill David" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2018 17:31:08 +0200
My name is Major Carrello Hill David
I am an American soldier, presently in Afghanistan for the training,
advising the Afghan forces and also helping in stabilizing the country
against security challenges. With a very desperate need for
assistance, I have decided to contact you for your kind assistance to
move the sum of (US$6,200,000.00) Six Million Two Hundred Thousand
United States Dollars to you if I can be assured that my share will be
safe in your care until I complete my service.
Some money in various currencies was discovered in boxes at a
farmhouse during a rescue operation we conducted in one of the attacks
by the terrorists and it was agreed by my colleagues and I that some
part of this money be shared among us. The above figure was given to
me as my share, and to conceal this kind of money became a problem for
me, so with the help of a British doctor working with Red Cross, I was
able to get the package out to a safe location entirely out of trouble
spot. he does not know the real content of the package, and believes
that it belongs to a British /American medical doctor who died in a
raid here in Afghanistan, and before giving up, trusted me to hand
over the package to his Family.
I have now found a much secured way of getting the package out of
Afghanistan to you for pick up and I will discuss this with you when I
am sure that you are willing to assist me. I am ready to compensate
you with 30% of the $6.2, Six Million Two Hundred Thousand USD for
I do not know how long we will remain here, and I have been shot,
wounded and survived two suicide bomb attacks by the special grace of
God, this and other reasons I will mention later has prompted me to
reach out for help.
You must reply me through my private e -mail for more information:
Please contact me as soon as possible with the following details:
Date of Birth ..
God Bless you as I look forward to your positive response.
Major Carrello Hill David.